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Maestro Steven Larson, musical director of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, carefully researches each piece of music the orchestra plays.
NWQ Asks: What’s the State of Your Art?

ONLINE EXCLUSIVES: In this extended online story, meet four dynamic musicians who bring our region so much fine music. Discover what drives their passion for music, and how their work is exciting young people.

The Singing Stylists, clockwise from bottom left: Clare Black, Marilee Sjostrom, Blaine Deihl, Michelle Rainwater and Sam Heibel, who’s giving Santa a manicure.
CD Party is a Stylish Way to Support the Arts

An inventive hair stylist and her crew are using their many talents to help the Rockford Art Museum.

The Rockford Choral Union performs its annual tradition singing Handel's "Messiah."
Legacy of Messiah Performance Carries On

After 66 years, this dedicated group of singers is still gaining new voices and wowing ever-larger audiences. And, meet the dynamic woman who’s performed every year since the start.

John Mellencamp shares his classic rock tunes and some new favorites during his show at Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center on Nov. 18.
Arts & Entertainment Events at a Glance

There’s so much to do in the Old Northwest Territory! Here’s a glimpse at what’s happening this fall.

Music Director Steven Larsen conducts a performance by the Rockford Symphony Orchestra at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford.
‘A Carnegie Hall in Every Town’

Our region is graced with many lovers of fine music, and there are ample opportunities to see live performances in classical and world music. Discover four such organizations.